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Dual booting Win 8 with Vista OR using virtual PC with XP

  1. #1

    Posts : 6
    Win 8 Pro 64

    Dual booting Win 8 with Vista OR using virtual PC with XP

    Hi all.

    I have a dilema. Seriously considering getting Win 8 upgrade. I have a Core i5 setup with a 120Gb SSD and a 1Tb HDD. Been using Win 7 Pro for a couple of years on a 64Gb SSD (recently upgraded to the 120Gb model). I need to use a couple of old 16 bit (DOS) and 32 bit progs. [I] was doing this on Win 7 using Win XP mode.

    Still with me? Good.

    Okay, here's the thing. I am considering two options.

    One is to use MS Virtual PC in Win 8 where I can install a spare copy of Win XP I have.

    The other is to dual boot Win 8 with Win Vista 32 bit. I can install Vista on the 64 Gb SSD.

    Never dual booted before though! Is installing on seperate HDD's a good idea? Also if I were to do so, how easy would it be to cut and paste info betwen Win Vista and Win 8 Pro?

    Thanks in advance!


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  2. #2

    Hello imatt,
    Windows 8 will not support MS Virtual PC as did Win 7. An alternative is to use Virtual Box but you will need your own copy of WinXP. As for dual booting..yes it can be done.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64

    Windows 8 come with hyper-v , just install XP on it, but use remote desktop to access it , so you will have sound and better screen resolution.

    your system ( i5 2300 + Z68X-UD3P-B3 ) will have no problem to run hyper-v
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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